Art Reveal, 18th March

Art Reveal, 18th March

All welcome for Public Art Reveal and art workshop Saturday 18th March, West Way Square.

North Hinksey Parish Council has been working with local artists and Fusion Arts, together with the Vale Arts officer to enable the creation of artworks for West Way Square, using S106 money. The work has involved many different community groups and individuals in a truly collaborative creative process.

We are now excited to invite all members of the community to the official unveiling of the installed mosaic panels on Saturday 18th March. Details for the event are as follows:


  • 10am: Art workshop with Nor Greenhalgh – Seacourt Hall
  • 11am: Mosaic panels revealed, outside Library – The official reveal of the three mosaic panels by Clare Goodall mounted on the wall of the community building

This event on Saturday 18th March is the first of a number events planned this Spring covering all three elements to the West Way art:

  • Three mosaic panels by Clare Goodall ( to be mounted on the wall of the community building
  • Two large carved standing stones by Alex Wenham ( in the centre of the shopping area
  • Two murals by Nor Greenhalgh ( on walls next to Loomsbury and between The Missing Bean and Tesco

We plan to install and unveil the standing stones and Nor’s wall murals later in the Spring.

There is still time to get involved in the murals by attending Nor’s workshop on Saturday. All ages welcome. You can drop in any time between 10am-12pm to take part in the design of upcoming murals, with artist Nor. We’ll be experimenting with ancient and modern ways of measuring out space using unusual objects. If you like, bring along an object that has local or personal significance for you!

West Way building update

West Way building update

Mace have issued a newsletter update on the construction work for phase 2 of the West Way development. You can download the newsletter here.

There is a Community Liaison Group meeting with the developers and builders on 9th March where NHPC will be represented. We will use the opportunity to raise questions we’ve received from parishioners. We will provide a further update after that meeting.

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Could you be a Parish Councillor?

Could you be a Parish Councillor?

Are you passionate about your community? Do you want to help make a long-lasting change? Do you have innovative ideas for the council? Do you have concerns about a specific issue and want to do something about it? If this is you, then your Parish Council needs you. We need people from all backgrounds and experiences who reflect their community to put themselves forward for election. Make a change and become a councillor.

Local elections are in May this year and OALC have an online training session on 13th January for anyone interested in finding out more about being a Parish Councillor.

So you want to be a parish councillor! session is on 13th February 10-11am. No need to book. This is a short online session aimed at anyone that might possibly be interested in becoming a parish councillor. It covers the basics – eligibility, skills, nuts & bolts, expectations, what PC’s can and can’t do, with plenty of time for questions to be answered. Link and passcode below.

 Meeting ID: 871 2501 2109      Passcode: 386520

You can also find out more on the National Association of Local Councils website and watch videos from parish councillors talking about why they are a councillor. If you are interested in standing for election as a Parish Councillor in Botley and North Hinksey you can also contact any of the current Councillors for an informal chat and to find out more about what is involved. You can find Councillor details on this page.

20 mph consultation in Botley, North Hinksey & Cumnor

20 mph consultation in Botley, North Hinksey & Cumnor

CONSULTATION – deadline 3rd February: proposed 20mph Speed Limit

Oxfordshire County Council wants to make our built environments safer and more attractive places to walk and cycle. To enable this, 20mph speed restrictions are being used to help promote alternative modes of transport for local travel. Further details on how the council is considering making 20mph the new 30mph for Oxfordshire communities can be found here.

The County Council is therefore asking for your views on the proposal to introduce a 20mph speed limit throughout Cumnor (including Farmoor) & North Hinksey (including Botley), replacing the majority of the existing 30mph speed limit on the residential roads within the ‘built-up’ areas in the process. Additionally, a new 30mph speed limit will be introduced on the B4044 Eynsham Road at Farmoor, replacing a section of the existing 40mph speed limit either side of the junction with the B4017 Cumnor Road, adjacent to the residential properties. Other existing 30mph, 40mph & 50mph speed limits will remain in place, with Officers having taken the current road environment & traffic usage into account.

The proposals are being put forward following road safety concerns raised by the parish, and form part of a countywide programme of works that seeks to deliver ‘a safer place with a safer pace’ for the residents of Oxfordshire. In light of this, please find the following consultation documents attached:

The proposed Traffic Regulation Order is scheduled to be advertised in the Oxford Times newspaper today; Thursday 05th January 2023, and details are also available to view on the Councils consultation portal at the address below:

As stated on the notice, any objections or other representations on the proposal should be submitted by Friday 03rd February 2023.

Upcoming roadworks

Upcoming roadworks

Temporary Road Closure and “No Waiting” restriction at South Hinksey, Hinksey Hill

9 -10 January 2023 between 20:00 and 06:00.

In the interests of public safety, it will be necessary for Oxfordshire County Council to close the road and impose a ‘No Waiting’ restriction as detailed above to facilitate carriageway patching works. A temporary Notice is being made to implement the temporary closure and will operate from 09 January 2023 up to and including 10n January 2023. This will operate between 20:00 and 06:00.

Please note that Notices for urgent works can last up to 5 consecutive days only.

Access will be maintained for emergency service vehicles and for those frontages within the closure area, subject to the progress of the works and liaison with the works supervisor. Further details:

  • Drawing showing the extent of the closure and restriction and also the alternative route for traffic is attached. 

Further information regarding the works may be obtained by contacting Tim Belton – Milestone Infrastructure, Oxfordshire County Council on 0345 310 11 11.

Temporary Layby closure, North Hinksey Lane:

03 January 2023 up to and including 31 March 2023.

In the interests of public safety it will be necessary for Oxfordshire County Council to close a short section of North Hinksey Lane layby to to serve as a parking area for operatives and plant etc. for the Willow Walk Bridleway widening and Willow Walk 2 footbridge replacement repairs/works.

A Temporary Traffic Regulation Order (TTRO) is being made to implement the temporary closure and will operate from 03 January 2023 up to and including 31 March 2023. This is a 24 hour layby closure.

Access will be maintained for emergency service vehicles and for those frontages within the closure area, subject to the progress of the works and liaison with the works supervisor.  Further details:

  • Drawing showing the extent of the closure and the alternative routes for traffic i
  • Full notice

Further information regarding the works may be obtained by contacting Clement De Cruz – Milestone Infrastructure, Oxfordshire County Council on 0345 310 11 11.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

The Parish office is closed from December 24th, reopening on January 3rd. The Parish Clerk is not available during this time. Phone messages and emails will be picked up from 3rd January.

You can report many issues including graffiti, fly tipping, street lighting and broken paving slabs direct to the County Council via For details of the Vale District Council services over the holiday period check this page. There are also details on the Oxfordshire County Council website on the OCC holiday service.

For Christmas waste collections see our earlier post here.

If you have an urgent issue over the break that relates to Parish Council owned land, buildings or facilities you can contact any of the Parish Councillors listed on the Councillors page.

We wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy, healthy New Year.

Christmas waste collections

Christmas waste collections

Please see the calendar attached for changes to the waste collections over the Christmas period, as follows:

Normal Collection DayRevised Collection Day
Thursday 29 DecemberSaturday 31st December
Thursday 5 JanuarySaturday 7 January
Thursday 12 JanuaryFriday 13 January

See details below. You can also download and print a copy here.

The call centre is open for queries from 9am – 3.30pm on 23 December, 9am – 5pm on 28, 29 and 30 December on 03000 610610.

In addition, garden waste collections are suspended over the holiday period to concentrate on Christmas waste collections. Collections resume in January 2023. For more information, please see the garden waste page on the Vale’s website.

Cold weather warning

Cold weather warning

Cold Weather Alert Level-3, 18:00hrs Wednesday 7th December – 09:00hrs Monday 12th December.

The Met Office has released a Cold Weather Alert Level-3, in effect from 18:00hrs Wednesday 7th December – 09:00hrs Monday 12th December. This may be extended as the cold conditions currently look to continue further into next week. 

  • Conditions are expected to turn rather cold by mid-week as air from the Arctic spreads south across the country.
  • Very cold nights are expected, with widespread frosts and potentially severe frosts.
  • Daytime temperatures persisting near or just above freezing, with overnight temperatures continuing to trend downwards.
  • Wintry showers in some coastal areas may push inland at times, bringing a risk of icy patches  

Further information and guidance is available online:

Please keep an eye on the forecasts over the next week.

In light of this warning, please check any road salt bins near your home, if they need topping up (empty or half full) please contact Oxfordshire County Council.

You can also find more information in the OCC Snow Guide.

<strong>West Way Phase 2 construction begins</strong>

West Way Phase 2 construction begins

Mace’s new construction partner Gilbert Ash start works on phase 2 this week (commencing 28th November).  The early works will involve increasing the site levels using imported stone and the installation of drainage within the site hoarding. Following on from this, they will commence piling / foundation works in the new year for approx. 12 weeks. This will be followed by the commencement of the new concrete frame works. 

The Parish Council has been invited, along with other local groups and organisations, to a Community Liaison Group meeting in the coming weeks to engage with the community during the construction period. Meanwhile Gilbert Ash have produced their first community newsletter that outlines the initial construction activities and introduces members of their team. The newsletter can be read here. 

We will keep you up-to-date as we learn more and when the community liaison group begins to meet. If you have questions you would like to raise in this forum please contact the Clerk or the District Councillors Emily Smith and Debby Hallett.